Sequence of Inspections

Inspection Sequence


The code official or his authorized representative will make the following inspections and will either approve that portion of the construction as completed or will notify the permit holder or agent that the portion of construction inspected was disapproved due to failure to comply with the law.

1. Soil Inspection


A soil inspection is required after the excavation for the building or structure is complete and trenches for footings, column pads, grade beams and other types of footings are crumbed, formed, have reinforcing steel tied in place and are ready for concrete. A city-approved barrier must be in place around the excavation until backfilling has occurred. No concrete may be placed without this inspection being approved.

2. Foundation Inspection


A foundation inspection is required after the top of the footing has been cleaned, the foundation forms have been properly set, the reinforcing steel has been cleaned and tied in place and the proper anchor bolts are on-site. A city-approved barrier must be in place around the excavation until backfilling has occurred. No concrete may be placed without this inspection being approved.

3. Pier Inspection


A pier inspection is required where special foundations, such as drilled and poured-in-place concrete piers, caissons, driven piles and other extraordinary types are used. Additional pier inspections may be required if the building official determines the size of the project warrants it. The building official may require a Special Inspector to make these inspections. Reinforcing steel must be placed to allow for proper inspections. A city-approved barrier must be in place around the excavation until backfilling has occurred. No concrete may be placed without this inspection being approved.

4. Framing Inspection


A framing inspection is required after the plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire rough-in inspections have been approved and noted on the posted Record of Inspections. Also, all masonry walls, fireplace chimneys and vents and all framing; including the floor, wall and roof structures, firestopping, fireblocking, bracing and sheathing must be completed. No mechanical, electrical, plumbing or framing systems may be concealed before this inspection is completed and approved by the building official.

5. Gypsum Board & Plaster Inspection


A gypsum board inspection is required after all gypsum board sheets are in place and properly fastened. No joint compound may be applied over the joints and fasteners prior to this inspection being approved.

6. MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT INSPECTION


A final inspection will be made of all duct work, venting, heating and air-conditioning systems, exhaust devices and louvers, safety devices and all other mechanical equipment under operational conditions. 

7. FINAL INSPECTION


A final building inspection must be made after all required inspections are approved, including the final mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire inspections. 

8. SUPPLEMENTAL INSPECTIONS


The code official may perform additional inspections that, in his judgment, are reasonably necessary to enforce the Building Code.

9. EXTRA INSPECTIONS


The code official may perform extra inspections or re-inspections that, in their judgment, are reasonably necessary due to non-compliance with the building code requirements or because work was not readily accessible when the inspection was requested.

10. DUTY TO REQUEST A FINAL INSPECTION AND OBTAIN FINAL APPROVAL


Upon completion of the work described in the permit application and on the approved construction documents, the permit holder must request a final inspection and obtain final approval before any occupancy of the building or structure may occur. Failure of the permit holder to obtain final approval constitutes a violation of the Building Code and subjects the permit holder to penalties as set forth in Section 116.4.

11. TEMPORARY OCCUPANCY


Upon request of the permit holder, a temporary certificate of occupancy may be issued prior to completion of the entire work covered by the permit, providing that such portion of the building can be occupied safely prior to full completion of the project, without endangering life or public welfare. The temporary certificate of occupancy may be renewed, at the discretion of the building official, every 30 days for a fee of $65 each month until the final building inspection is approved.

Unless the Building Inspector's schedule permits otherwise, a maximum of one hour per inspection shall be allocated by the city for completing these inspections. Please schedule accordingly.